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Spiritual matters
Crisis presents opportunity to know God

October 05, 2011

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

Sometimes it’s good to start at the beginning and remember God.

In the beginning, here, now, always; there is only God. Nothing else exists, just God creating the heavens and the earth. What are the heavens and the earth created out of? God, its all God.

Seven hundred people were arrested in New York on Saturday. It doesn’t matter whether you are disgusted by their actions or support their cause. You may call them freedom fighters or terrorists. You may think of them as out of work bums or leaders of a new wave of reform. The fact remains that the issues they are espousing are real.

Needs serve to turn us to God, God does not create the need nor fulfill the need; our consciousness of God is the fulfillment. The more we focus on the problem or deny its appearance, the more energy we are giving to the problem, the bigger it gets. The more we focus on an awareness of God, growing our consciousness of God as our infinite source and supply, the more we realize the fulfillment of our needs.

Biblical miracles began with a need. The Widow who had nothing but a jar of oil (2kings 4:2) turned to God and her need was fulfilled. The feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6:41) began with the awareness of a need then Jesus looked to heaven and the need was fulfilled.

We acknowledge the need, we do not deny it, we accept its appearance in our lives. We deny that the appearance of need has the power to control our lives then we turn our awareness toward God as our infinite source and supply. Our awareness of God active in our lives is the fulfillment of every need.

“In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens…” Genesis 2:4.

Crisis precedes transformation. The 13.7 billion year history of the universe is a series of evolutionary jumps sparked by crisis points.

First there was nothing and then there was something, the universe came into existence. First there was nothing physical then the planets and suns were formed of the dust and gases.

First there was no life then there was plant life.

First there were no multi-cellular life to consume the oxygen build up and then there were animals.

First there was no conscious intelligent life then humans came into existence. Each step is marked by a need for greater emergence of God consciousness.

In biblical symbology: First there was no man then there was Adam. First there was not the awareness of the One God then there was Abraham. First there was no national identity of the children of God and then there was Moses. First there was no awareness of God within and then there was Jesus.

We are at a new crisis point. The Chinese character for crisis includes two symbols that can be interpreted as danger and opportunity. The emphasis is on the danger. This is a crucial point in time that could present a great opportunity for positive change.

What is emerging? What is the next quantum leap going to bring? What is your role to play in this emergence? How are you plugging in to your spiritual community to be a part of the change you wish to see?

Remember it all begins and ends with our awareness of God at work in our lives and affairs. God is our source and our awareness of God is our supply.

Blessings of peace, joy & love

Matthew E. Long is senior minister at Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center.